The April 2020 Challenge - day 29

MoonMind

Hall of Famer
Dec 29, 2013
Switzerland
Matt
Second to last, and thus, a real one-off: 3^3-3^0=2^2+3^2+4^2 - a prime, even a twin prime, though this month without its twin ... singular, so to speak.

Sorry, maths trivia and word play again, I'll save the last treat for tomorrow ;)

M.

P.S. The "nickel" thing was in fact "28" - the number of protons in its transitional heart ... I still like that song anyway, though ...
 

grebeman

Old Codgers Group
Well the torrential rain on a cold front has cleared quickly, but I know when I'm beaten by the wind for an outdoor macro, so I'll resort to somewhere calmer.

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As you can see I don't go with this "modern" idea of using the lens wide open, it mystifies me and the results often leave me cold, ah well I've often found myself out of step with my fellow man over the years, I certainly dance to the music of a different drummer.

Barrie
 
Well the torrential rain on a cold front has cleared quickly, but I know when I'm beaten by the wind for an outdoor macro, so I'll resort to somewhere calmer.

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As you can see I don't go with this "modern" idea of using the lens wide open, it mystifies me and the results often leave me cold, ah well I've often found myself out of step with my fellow man over the years, I certainly dance to the music of a different drummer.

Barrie
Another audiophile reveals himself :). And I agree on the wide-open fad.
 

MoonMind

Hall of Famer
Dec 29, 2013
Switzerland
Matt
Another audiophile reveals himself :).
And then some ... You know, you guys really set off another GAS attack - but a completely different one ... I almost ended up ordering a Chord Mojo ... and it's not quite over yet, either.

But I also rediscovered the HD 560 II - I really shouldn't have let that one rest for so long. So, all in all, another nice gain (no pun intended) from this month's exchange ...

M.
 

marlof

Trying to focus
Dec 25, 2010
The Netherlands
Marlof
Shot wide open. :whistling:

I most certainly generally don’t buy into that fad and see the additional depth of field as one of the strengths in my m43 system. Still shooting wide open was one of my self imposed limitations, since I thought it helped tell my story. This month wasn’t about product photography for me. Lord knows how often I instinctively switched to f8 or f11 for my closeups, before remembering to open up the lens. What I wanted to illustrate is that no matter how much is uncertain, my music will help me through. I found a shallower depth of field fitting for that story.

Sometimes I cheated a bit, like today, by keeping the objects flat.

Anyhow, one more day. Where I will also shoot wide open.

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marlof

Trying to focus
Dec 25, 2010
The Netherlands
Marlof
It is now. I placed the order. Chord Mojo and Poly bundle ... Sorry. YOLO - or so they say ... Darn, I shouldn't have revisited this thread ;)

M.
When I ordered my headphone amp, I was in serious doubt if I’d really would use it. So I set a limit to my budget and couldn’t get the mojo. Turns out I really rediscovered headphone listening through it. A can of worms....
 

grebeman

Old Codgers Group
Shot wide open. :whistling:

I most certainly generally don’t buy into that fad and see the additional depth of field as one of the strengths in my m43 system. Still shooting wide open was one of my self imposed limitations, since I thought it helped tell my story. This month wasn’t about product photography for me. Lord knows how often I instinctively switched to f8 or f11 for my closeups, before remembering to open up the lens. What I wanted to illustrate is that no matter how much is uncertain, my music will help me through. I found a shallower depth of field fitting for that story.

Sometimes I cheated a bit, like today, by keeping the objects flat.

Anyhow, one more day. Where I will also shoot wide open.

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Marlof, there's a time and a place for using a lens wide open. No problem with a flat object obviously. I just think it's rather overdone and sometimes inappropriately overdone. The aperture setting is adjustable, why is that, it's so you can use it creatively and adjust it to suit. I tend to use the minimum depth of field I can get away with when photographing plants. Brenda, a botanist friend of mine made a comment yesterday after I'd e-mailed her another batch of my photographs that I seem to be able to make the flower stand out from the background. That I believe is down to the use of the aperture setting. I see so many images with an out of focus foreground, very narrow depth of in focus area and then a very out of focus background. I tend to shake my head and ask why, what's the message being conveyed?

Barrie
 

marlof

Trying to focus
Dec 25, 2010
The Netherlands
Marlof
, what's the message being conveyed?
That’s the question I answered for my series, even when I generally prefer my images to speak for themselves. Just to let you know that even when all of my images were shot wide open, that was by choice to illustrate these times where our vision of the future isn‘t edge-to-edge clear. My series will conclude in the weekend with my regular collage, which is the thing I‘ve actually been working on this month, not so much the singular images. They’re more like pieces of the big puzzle. If I had shot these images stand-alone, for a big part they would have looked very different indeed. Because I would have made other choices.
 

grebeman

Old Codgers Group
That’s the question I answered for my series, even when I generally prefer my images to speak for themselves. Just to let you know that even when all of my images were shot wide open, that was by choice to illustrate these times where our vision of the future isn‘t edge-to-edge clear. My series will conclude in the weekend with my regular collage, which is the thing I‘ve actually been working on this month, not so much the singular images. They’re more like pieces of the big puzzle. If I had shot these images stand-alone, for a big part they would have looked very different indeed. Because I would have made other choices.
My dear chap, my comments are in no way a criticism of your images at whatever aperture they're shot at. You have artistic reasons for your choice and I look forward to seeing your collage. I've been wondering how you'll fit 29 images into a collage, I don't have long to wait to find out :) By all means put my opinions, and after all they are only my opinions, down to my being an engineer by background with no artistic training whatsoever, perhaps there's a gap in my understanding with quite a few images that have been posted, if so I offer my apology's to all concerned.
Should my thoughts have stirred others up to rise up in defence of a minimalist aperture approach I am quite happy with that and have no intention of further pushing my opinion in response, after all we've recently seen what happens when people with strong opinions battle it out, no one is persuaded to alter their mind. Interestingly enough in going through my images it might be that I've used an aperture of f/4 more often than any other (my lens goes to f/2.8 at its widest) and my choices have ranged from f/4 to f/16.
When I started photography way back in the early 1970's the books all stated that lenses in those days were sharper 1 or 2 stops down from their maximum aperture, a lesson I still remember. Had I been around at the time I would have been a strong advocate of the f/64 club (think Ansel Adams) which is why I've found the images produced this time round by Hanneke to be my favourite, a fine example of composition at work. I started out as a user of medium format for black and white landscape images and that is still my first love although I also like the work of documentary photographers such as Bert Hardy, Thurston Hopkins, Margaret Bourke-White and W Eugene Smith.

Barrie
 
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MoonMind

Hall of Famer
Dec 29, 2013
Switzerland
Matt
When I ordered my headphone amp, I was in serious doubt if I’d really would use it. So I set a limit to my budget and couldn’t get the mojo. Turns out I really rediscovered headphone listening through it. A can of worms....
I'm the last one to want to highjack the thread, but: Your posts (and everyone else's on the subject) have reminded me how much I used to enjoy just listening to music. And since I'm a lot more mobile than I was (walking, bike trekking - things I discovered after my 40th birthday and really only started to like in recent years), mobile listening (when walking or when *not* cycling on tours) has become much more of an asset, an opportunity (did it just yesterday!). But the headphones I have are so good that I doubt I'll accumulate much above the Mojo for the foreseeable future. It's been a couple of years since I last bought anything for listening, anyway ...

In that sense: Thanks for waking me up :) I'll savour it ...

M.
 

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